Macica Workshop-Season’s Greetings!

Hello Everyone!  Hope you had a pleasant Thanksgiving and are enjoying this holiday season.  In the workshop, I have been working on repairing a Viola da Gamba; an early period instrument. DSC03323 (Custom) To me, this instrument is like a guitar that you bow...DSC03324 (Custom)DSC03334 (Custom) The instrument has an arched top with a flat back.  It usually has 6 to 7 strings and has frets kind of like a guitar.  I love that it is simple, yet elegant.....DSC03338 (Custom)DSC03354 (Custom) I was able to string it up today and am very pleased with how it sounds... DSC03366 (Custom)Here is my son, Josiah, playing it for me...He plays the cello also. The Viola da Gamba is one of my favorite instruments to make. DSC03646 (Custom) Other news..... In the arched top guitar class, we are busy doing our homework and gouging out the inside plates and cutting out the ff's.... DSC03648 (Custom) Next class, we will focus on fitting the bass bars.  We will be glueing the top and back onto the sides... Stay tuned... DSC02969 (Custom)Every December, our family takes part in a Holiday Market at Canal Street Art Center here in Schuylerville, N.Y....  It is an opportunity for the members of our church community to sell our handmade items for the holiday season...Here are a few of the items our family is selling this year... DSC03085 (Custom)DSC03596 (Custom)Rug Hooked Stars, Coasters (Mug Rugs) and Mittens (made by my youngest son, Ezra)....DSC03607 (Custom) DSC03550 (Custom)Cutting boards with different wood inlays (made by my oldest son, Ian)DSC03554 (Custom) DSC03559 (Custom) Character wood carvings (made by my middle son, Josiah) DSC03562 (Custom)DSC03572 (Custom) DSC02959 (Custom)and some Mosaic coasters (a team project...I make the wood frames and my wife does the mosaic) and wash boards....DSC03483 (Custom) There are many other tables full of beautiful handmade items.  If any of you live in the local area.... Feel free to come by the Holiday Market for some holiday shopping.  It is open for the next two weekends downtown Schuylerville.... *December 12:  9:30 to 4:00/  December 13:  9:30 to 1:00 *December 19: 9:30 to 4:00/  December 20:  9:30 to 1:00 and lastly....The Macica Workshop and family sing out.... DSC03073 (2) (Custom) Glad Tidings of Comfort and Joy to you this Holiday Season! Sincerely, Martin Macica and family